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Church Bulletin: November 11, 2012

posted Nov 10, 2012, 8:36 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 11, 2012- Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Nov 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist
Nov 15, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM
Nov. 16, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

Nov 17, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Nov 18, Sunday, Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be out of town this Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14. There will be no Third Hour Prayers on Tuesday.
Holy Bread Needed for Next Sunday-
        We need a volunteer to bake the holy bread for next Sunday, November 18. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can provide the bread.
Do You Want to Serve on the Parish Council?-
        At our December 3 Annual Voters' Meeting, we will hold an election to fill a vacancy that will be opening up on the parish council. Another position will be filled by pastoral appointment. Both positions are for three year terms. If you are interested serving on the parish council or at least learning what that might entail, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.
Please Return Your 2013 Pledge Packets-
        This is the time of year, when St. Raphael Church asks our members and friends to consider financially pledging to the church for the following year. Our treasurer, Kristi Abuissa, has distributed pledge packets. If you have not received one and would like to, please speak to her or Fr. Ignatius. In order to set a responsible budget for 2013, it is important that we know what to expect for income and that is why we ask you to commit to a specific amount. Of course, if at any time after you make your pledge you feel a need to adjust the amount you give based on your circumstances, you may do so. All giving is voluntary and there is no dollar amount that is too small or too great. We are reminded by our Archdiocese that historically a tithe of 10% of one's income has been the ideal. Please consider and pray about what you can give, and return your pledge forms over the next few weeks to Kristi. If you have any questions about the finances of the church, please do not hesitate to ask. Please return your form in the next week or two, if possible.
Please Return Your Parish Survey-
        The Parish Council has created and distributed a survey to be taken by our members in order to gather your opinions regarding church activities, future plans, etc. If you received a survey, please consider answering as many questions as you would like and return the form (no need to put your name on it) to Fr. Ignatius or any Parish Council member (Todd Wiblin, Kristi Abuissa, Meghan Carter, Alli Rockwell or Matthew Arndt) as soon as possible. If you have not received a survey, you can pick up a copy on the table in the narthex.
Appeal From Metropolitan Philip for Hurricane Sandy Relief-
        His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip has asked that a collection for relief from the effects of Hurricane Sandy be taken up in our church. To read his letter, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/content/appeal-hurricane-sandy-relief-metropolitan-philip If you would like to donate, please write out a check to St. Raphael Church and clearly mark it for "Hurricane Relief".
Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
        For Orthodox Christians, the weeks leading up to Christmas are a time of spiritual preparation, a time of repentance, and time of almsgiving. In anticipation of the coming of our King Jesus as a babe in the manger, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs throughout the forty days leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord; and fish, wine and oil on some of the days. For specifics, consult the printed November/December calendar available at church or check it online at: http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule If you have any questions about the Orthodox practice of fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius. Metropolitan Philip has given a dispensation from the fast to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving.
Vesperal Liturgy for Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple on November 20-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple at 6PM on Tuesday, November 20. Please join us.
Annual Parish Voters' Meeting is December 3-
        Following Liturgy on Sunday December 3, we will hold our annual voters' meeting at which we will vote to fill two vacancies on the parish council, discuss and vote on our 2013 budget and hear a pastoral report from Fr. Ignatius. If you are a voting member, please plan to attend.
An Inspiring Story from the Life of St. Raphael-
        The following story gives us a clue as to how tirelessly our patron saint worked on behalf of the Church and for the people.

Once, on the return trip to New York from a grueling cross-country missionary journey, St. Raphael arrived by train in a Midwestern town late one evening and, carrying his own luggage, quietly made his way to a nearby hotel to await a connecting train early the next morning. Physically exhausted from several months of travel and living out of suitcases, St. Raphael found himself in the unique circumstance of not having the name or address of a single contact in the area; thus he could, at long last, enjoy an evening of undisturbed and well-deserved rest. Instead, after placing his luggage in the simple room, St. Raphael went out to roam the dark streets, hoping to discover even one Orthodox Christian to whom he could minister. After several hours and numerous inquiries, he happened upon a handful of young Orthodox Arabs and joyfully spent the entire night and early morning hours comforting them in their loneliness, offering them fatherly counsel and advice, instructing and encouraging them in the faith, and hearing their confessions. Only at the last moment did he reluctantly leave their company in order to rush back to the hotel, retrieve his suitcases and hurry to his train. Out of breath, he arrived at the station in time to board the train as it pulled away from the platform. But before he closed his eyes to steal a few minutes of rest on the crowded and noisy train, St. Raphael carefully inscribed in his notebook the names and addresses of his new-found spiritual children, placing next to each a notation of what he promised to send – to one a prayer book, to another an icon, to yet another a prayer rope, and, to all, assurance of his paternal love, prayers and blessings.

The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church-
        The early Christian writer Tertullian once wrote that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." The following article demonstrates that exact point. It explains how after Russian Orthodox priest Daniil Sisoyev was gunned down in his church a few years ago because of his missionary work among Muslims in Russia, the result of his murder was vastly different from what his killers were hoping for. Because of the strong and bold witness for Christ that the martyr Fr. Daniil gave both in his life and by his death, many Muslims have come to the Christian faith and have been baptized since his death. The article can be read at: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/57085.htm
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one.'" Romans 3:10
Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 18, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday November 11, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday November 18, the holy bread will be provided by the family. Thank you in advance. We are always looking for volunteers to bake the holy bread each week.

Food for Thought-
If we keep vigil in church, David comes first, last, and central. If early in the morning we want songs and hymns, first, last, and central is David again. If we are occupied with the funeral solemnities of those who have fallen asleep, or if the virgins sit at home and spin, David is first, last and central. O amazing wonder! Many who have made little progress in literature know the Psalter by heart. Nor is it only in cities and churches that David is famous; in the village market, in the desert, and in uninhabitable land, he excites the praise of God. In monasteries among those holy choirs of angelic armies, David is first, last, and central. In the convents of virgins, where there are communities of those who imitate Mary, in the deserts where there are men crucified to the world, who live their life in heaven with God, David is first, last, and central. All other men at night are overcome with sleep; David alone is active, and gathering the servants of God into seraphic bands, he turns earth into heaven, and converts men into angels.
St. John Chrysostom, as quoted in "The Psalter According to the Seventy", Holy Transfiguration Monastery, p. 21
The Psalter of David, whose sayings are as stones,
Doth crush the passions as they were another Goliath.
A Couplet to King David